Best Free Xbox Live Games – February 2017
One of the many perks of being an Xbox Live Gold subscriber is the free games you get to try each month. It is the ideal opportunity to try something new, experiment with an indie game or just waste some time with a game you didn’t want to pay for. Games change monthly so it pays to keep up to date. Here are the Xbox live free games for February 2017.
There are five new games in all, three Xbox One and two Xbox 360, although you can play all of them on your Xbox One of course.
The Xbox live free games for February 2017 are:
- Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
- Monkey Island 2: SE
- Project Cars Digital Edition
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Killer Instinct Season 2: Ultra Edition
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – Available 01/02 to 28/02 ($14.99) Xbox One
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a co-op adventure game for 1 – 4 players on the Xbox One. Despite the romantic title, the aim of the game is to overcome galactic forces that want to control the universe. You and your squad mates man laser cannons, shields and thrusters to defend yourself from these attackers.
You and your fellow players will explore a very colorful universe and work your way through the game using teamwork to defeat the evil enemy. It’s a good game with enough of a challenge to keep all players busy.
The game is a little eccentric and definitely something for players who like something a little different every now and then. It’s a very well made game that does a lot with six hours of play time. It might seem a little superficial but you are quickly hooked once playing and it’s all too easy to get to the end and wonder where all the time went.
Reviews have often said that this game can be a test of friendship. As it’s co-op and heavily dependent on cooperation while also quite unforgiving, there is a lot at stake in every move you make. That is a lot for one small game to achieve and something you had better bear in mind if you choose to play. Choose your game buddies wisely!
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a good little game that you need to be sociable to play. It may test those friendships but it will also reward them. Well worth trying.
Monkey Island 2: SE – Available 01/02 to 15/02 ($9.99) Xbox 360
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition is an Xbox 360 game that takes one of the most entertaining point and click adventures and brings it to console. Monkey Island is well known for its sense of humor, puzzles, great story, good writing and all round entertainment. Even though the graphics aren’t anything to shout about, the rest of the game is more than enough to keep you entertained.
You play amateur pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he continue his adventures. Threepwood dumps his girl and wants to find treasure instead so is taking on the dastardly undead pirate Le Chuck again. After beating him once in Monkey Island and getting the girl, further adventure awaits.
This version has been tweaked for the console with better controls. Players of the original will need to adjust while newcomers will find it quite intuitive and will be instantly able to navigate freely. Another improvement in this edition is the voiceovers. They now play nicely with the graphics and work in concert to deliver that engagement the first game was so famous for.
Two other neat improvements to Monkey Island 2: SE are the hint and highlight systems. If you’re having trouble with the puzzles, the hint system gives you a little help to find the answer to the puzzle. It featured in the original but seems to have been much improved this time round. Object highlighting is a toggle that shows you what objects in your vicinity can be interacted with. Both come in quite useful for the more esoteric puzzles in the game.
Monkey Island 2: SE is a great game that I would be happy to pay full price for. As it’s free for a while, I’m playing it as much as I can get away with!
Project Cars Digital Edition – Available 16/02 to 15/03 ($29.99) Xbox One
Project Cars is one of the most successful driving game franchises on console. It’s as much a racing career simulator as it is a car simulator and places you in the shoes of an up and coming driver who wants to make it big behind the wheel. Choose your sport, build a profile and begin your journey to glory.
This game was partly crowdfunded and concentrates less on the pointless social interactions or sharing of other racing games. Instead it relies more on the visceral excitement of racing great looking cars around realistic looking tracks.
Project Cars Digital Edition includes a DLC pack with 5 extra cars for you to race online in tough but exciting multiplayer matches. There is still a thriving community playing the game, especially while it’s an Xbox live free game so you won’t have any trouble finding a race.
Project Cars Digital Edition concentrates on what you are actually there for, the driving. It does away with much of the frippery of other driving games to deliver on the action.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Available 16/02 to 28/02 ($19.99) Xbox One
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a great game that does well to deliver Star Wars themed action with the mechanics to back up the IP. You play a Sith apprentice helping Darth Vader in his quest to wipe out the Jedi before the time of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
The game does a great job of avoiding the disappointments that seem to plague the Star Wars game franchise and delivers a solid experience. The highlight is definitely the force powers and their integration into gameplay. There are bugs and issues but aren’t enough to spoil the action.
As the name implies, the core element of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is unleashing the force. Sometimes over the top, sometimes underwhelming, but always entertaining. It was the first game of its type to allow us to enjoy the fundamentals of what it’s like to be a force user. With upgrades and extra abilities throughout the game, there is enough here to keep you playing until the end.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is a solid game with good mechanics, decent graphics and stands high above many of the other Star Wars games out there. Well worth a try, especially as it’s free until the end of the month!
Killer Instinct Season 2: Ultra Edition – Available: 16/01 – 15/02 ($39.99) Xbox One
Killer Instinct Season 2: Ultra Edition is a continuation of the very successful Killer Instinct fighting game. If you like button mashing and kicking butt, this might be the game for you. It’s a solid update to an already accomplished fighting game updating it to the modern day. It includes new characters, new game modes, new combos and premium accessories.
The first game was simply awesome. A pure multiplayer fighter that had only a few characters but a whole lot of fun. This version is simpler and not as exciting in my opinion and allows spammers to win with either a projectile, low hit or throw. If you do try this game, learn the counters to these three moves right away otherwise you will soon put it down.
Gameplay this time round has lost some of that jeopardy, where you were almost too afraid to attack another player because you know you would be destroyed in two seconds. Instead, combos fly as much as projectiles are spammed. It is a much more accessible game but is the worse for it.
Aside from gameplay changes, Season 2 brings nine new characters to play and the Shadow Lab which allows you to create a character and upload it for others to play against. So even if you’re not online, people can still fight you. It’s a neat addition, especially as you can then play other shadows to compare yourself to other players without the humiliation.
You will need the base game to play Killer Instinct Season 2: Ultra Edition but that is currently free on Xbox Live. Prepare to be nickel and dimed for extras too if you stick with it.
Each of these games is well worth your time and disk space, especially as they are free for a limited time. All play well on their respective console and Xbox One owners can also play Xbox 360 games thanks to backwards compatibility.
In case you missed them, the Xbox live free games with gold for January 2017 were:
- Van Helsing: Deathtrap ($19.99) Xbox One
- Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition ($39.99) Xbox One
- The Cave ($14.99) Xbox 360
- Rayman Origins ($14.99) Xbox 360
Keep an eye the official Microsoft site for Xbox live free games with gold each month to make sure you don’t miss out.